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Interview with Erin Entrada Kelly about her newest book!

Erin Entrada Kelly was recently awarded a Newbery Honor for We Dream of Space and she won the Newberry Medal in 2018 with Hello, Universe. Middle Grade Mojo was honored to get to chat with her new early middle grade novel Maybe, Maybe, Marisol Rainey which released on May 4th. Middle Grade Mojo: In Maybe, Maybe, Marisol Rainey we meet the wonderfully imaginative, yet fearful, 8-year-old Marisol. You have said Marisol is a lot like [...]

By |2021-04-27T16:52:18-04:00May 6th, 2021|Author Interview, Mo Writing|0 Comments

Interview with Aileen Weintraub, author of We Got Game

We’re so excited to talk to Aileen Weintraub, the author of more than 50 books for children. Her newest book, We Got Game: 35 Female Athletes Who Changed the World releases on May 4th. Middle Grade Mojo: You’ve written many other nonfiction books for kids with a wide range of topics from rocks and minerals to a knock-knock joke book to a book about the band Kiss. Why did you decide you wanted to write [...]

By |2021-04-27T10:17:54-04:00April 27th, 2021|Author Interview, Mo Writing|0 Comments

Mo Writing – How I Got My Agent

I’ll never forget my first rejection. I submitted twelve queries to prospective agents for a middle-grade novel that I was convinced would amaze the entire children’s publishing industry. After all, I'd spent two years doing my homework, attending conferences, meeting with a critique group, and I was ready to start a career as an author. My first mistake was sending out queries just before going on vacation. My second mistake was looking at my phone [...]

By |2020-10-30T10:23:06-04:00October 29th, 2020|Mo Writing|0 Comments

The Benefits of a Critique Group and How to Find One

Writing is a solitary occupation. Many hours are spent listening to characters speak in your mind, choosing the right words, and analyzing everything that goes down on paper or a Word document. A critique group is a group of writers who can make the job a little less lonely and help you polish your manuscript. Being part of one provides a network of people who understand the world of a writer. Their experiences, knowledge, and [...]

By |2020-10-27T09:38:22-04:00October 27th, 2020|Mo Writing|0 Comments

Author Interview with Erin Entrada Kelly

As part of her launch of WE DREAM OF SPACE, the Mojo have been featuring Erin Entrada Kelly with her The Mojo Minute and now we are lucky to have her "sit" down with us and answer a few questions. Middle Grade Mojo: We all have different paths to publishing. For me, I didn't know I wanted to write books until I was downsized about a decade ago. When did discover that you wanted to [...]

By |2020-05-05T12:51:28-04:00May 7th, 2020|Mo Writing|0 Comments

Online Writing Training

Learning online isn’t just for kids. You could be too! I’ve been amazed at the online learning opportunities that have popped up in the last few weeks for writers. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has free seminars through April. You do have to be a member to register, but if you’re interested in writing children’s books, being a member of SCBWI is something you should do anyway. Check out their digital [...]

By |2020-04-11T18:49:49-04:00April 10th, 2020|Mo Writing|0 Comments

Audiobooks with Voiceover Talent Jesse Vilinsky

We've tried to bring all aspects of writing onto our site. We've had agents, editors, illustrators, and authors. Today, we are lucky enough to have an award winning (The Agony House, 2019 Earphones Award Winner) voiceover talent Jesse Vilinsky. With a degree in Theater from University of Southern California, Jesse's voice has been showcased on TV, film, video games, and audiobooks. She took some time away from the microphone to answer a few questions. Middle Grade [...]

By |2020-04-12T09:05:24-04:00April 2nd, 2020|Mo Writing|0 Comments

Get Off the Bus and Into Schools

Are you and your books stuck on the school bus like bubble gum under a seat, riding around in circles? If the royalties you earn barely cover a daily cup of coffee, I have a solution that can help. I’m here to tell you how to un-stick yourself by getting into the schools as part of your marketing campaign to sell books. What many people don’t know is that writers who are able to earn [...]

By |2020-04-14T09:50:17-04:00January 16th, 2020|Mo Writing|0 Comments

The Last Fifty Pages: The Art and Craft of Unforgettable Endings by James Scott Bell

Make your writing the best it can be by working backwards! Forget first lines and elevator pitches. Do you have an ending that works? Does it mirror your beginning? Can you trace your plot backwards? Does your main character undergo a transformation? Remember plot is the series of events a character is involved in or impacted by. Story is the transformation of the main character. The best endings tie plot and story together in a [...]

By |2020-04-22T12:44:47-04:00October 21st, 2019|Mo Writing|0 Comments

The Write Tip: Write What You Wish with Liesl Shurtliff

We are proud to bring you a visiting author guest post by best-seller Liesl Shurtliff. We have enjoyed her take on classic fairy tales (RUMP: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin being my personal favorite), as well as her TIME CASTAWAYS series. During this visit, Liesl shares her thoughts on finding inspiration in writing what you wish! *** When I was growing up, my family didn’t travel much. We had a lot of kids and money was tight, so the [...]

By |2020-04-09T21:53:21-04:00October 16th, 2019|Mo Writing|0 Comments